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Fresh mullet source in the Tampa, Fl. area?

Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
edited 9:06PM in EggHead Forum
Anyone in the Tampa, Florida area know a source for fresh mullet? I have moved down here from the panhandle of Florida and miss that great taste of smoked mullet.
Also, a seafood restaurant that serves smoked or fried mullet would make this country boy very happy.
Peace to you all.


  • I use a cast 11' mono cast net. It dosen't get any fresher. :) Where in the handle were you.
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Faith gets hers from Cox seafood. A place in Odessa by me has smoked mullet and spread. In St Pete there is Ted Peters. Again ask Faith she like the fish stuff.
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Hi caboose,

    This article might help. Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em

  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish Probably the best
    1350 Pasadena Avenue South

    Crab Shack Restaurant I think out of business
    11400 Gandy Blvd. (St. Pete end of Gandy Bridge)
    St. Pete

    Skipper's Smokehouse been there forever (arm yourself)
    910 Skipper Road (corner of Skipper & Nebraska)
  • Crab Shak is there - I was there on Fathers Day and it was great. Cox for the fresh mullet, as Hungryman said.

    Ted Peters, and institution, been there forever. Big'un loves the place.

    Sam's in Dunedin has their own boat and they catch mullet and sell it. Or you could get a net and catch some yourself!

    Where in Tampa, Caboose?

    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • I bet there is a bunch off your pier Faith. :laugh: Its about time to for me to go catch some.
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    I lived on Pensacola Beach until Hurricane Ivan flooded my Big Green Egg. The BGE still smokes..ha The mullet festival in Niceville is the best..
    Gators restaurant in Milton on Highway 87 was the best place for fried mullet. They were only open on Fri. and Sat. nights the last time I was in the area. Anyway, I used to catch my mullet behind the house in the intracoastal waterway--until the net ban.. I never could throw a cast net.
    The Oyster Barn in Pensacola was pretty good for mullet too.
    I do miss Pensacola seafood. Tampa doesn't compare with
    the panhandle at all, but I guess it's what you're used if I could find my mullet down here, I'd be a happy camper..
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    Where is the place in Odessa? I went to Gunn Highway last week and a mullet shop was out of business...I live in Odessa.
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    I live in Odessa just off Racetrack Rd. south of the St. Pete waterworks.
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    thanks for the info...I've been to Cox seafood and bought plenty of oysters. At the time that I was there, the mullet were a couple of days old. I need to get a cast net I guess..thanks for all the input..
  • Ivan was a bad one. :( I sold my 300' net after the ban to a guy with catfish ponds in Jay. I still throw the cast net though, I glad they didn't ban them. It's not hard to throw, I have been throwing one since I was 8 or 9. I used to practice in the front yard. I will be down there some time this summer to visit the daughter. She is out at the Coast Guard Station in Sand Key. I am sure there is some good fishing around there. I will have to bring the net. :)
  • Caboose, ask Cox when they get them in fresh. They have their own boats too and supply the Whole Foods store here. They will be right upfront with you about freshness. You just need a contact. Fresh is fresh, no matter where you get it in FL.
    I'm sure Hungryman will answer tomorrow about the place in Odessa. You live in between him and me!

    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    Ted Peter's seems to be the best, but never better than doing some yourself.
  • The best smoked mullet or smoked fish restaurant in the TB area is:

    Ted Peters Smoked Fish
    1350 Pasadena Ave S
    South Pasadena, FL 33707

    (727) 381-7931

    Worth the drive if you like smoked fish!
  • Boilermaker BenBoilermaker Ben Posts: 1,956
    This post has been up for 15 hours, and not a single redneck joke?! How disappointing.
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    I'll get the address its north of racetrack road. send me an e mail so I wont forget.
  • HungryManHungryMan Posts: 3,470
    About 3 minutes from my house.
  • FSUScotsmanFSUScotsman Posts: 754
    Good mullet is nothing to joke about!! I hope I can find some in St. Cloud.
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    Great, I'll check with Cox; thanks again..
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    Now that's what I'm talking about....
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    Ha, being from Alabama and "lower Alabama", I enjoy those redneck jokes.
  • If you are around when I come down there I will hook you up with a mess. :) I can also show you the proper way to throw a cast net without loosing a tooth. :laugh:
  • Smut-buttSmut-butt Posts: 142
    You are sooo right; I believe that I could feast on mullet every day, served with cheese grits and hushpuppies. That is living! God be with you all!
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Caboose....You're going to love it there!! Wish I was back on that coast! :(

    Fresh mullet:
    TRAPPMAN's Seafood, on the Gandy bridge. St Pete side of the causeway. Great fresh seafoods, to include live blue crabs and such. Mullet as well.

    Also, a bit more of a drive, but a true St pete landmark:
    MASTRY's, on 9th Street in St Pete. A true locals landmark...known for his daily arrivals of fresh mullet. The fishermen still have their boots on when they stop in with their catch. (Killer tackle shop, too!!)

    Tampa Bay is full of mullet! If you don't already, its time to learn to throw a cast net! ;)
    I wish you success!! :)
  • Being from Pensacola, I know you would rather have the Nassau Grits. :)
  • Yes, I love any kind of grits and Nassau Grits are great.  Next to mullet, I love fresh oysters too! I was back in Pensacola Beach for the weekend and stopped by Peg Leg Pete's for an OYSTER PO BOY!!  Yum, they sure know how to make those babies.  I highly recommend that place; and the baked oysters are great too. This place is located right on Pensacola Beach; get there early.
  • Barbecue may not be what brings world peace, but it has to be a good place to start -Anthony Bourdain 
  • Go hit up any public pier and ask the locals throwing their nets to sell you some.

    I was raised in gulf breeze and caught mullet for a living in high school. I had a chimerical license.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • And as for the net ban, I just painted the floats black and set them at night.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • LitLit Posts: 6,893
    I grew up on the east coast of Florida where mullet are bait to catch good eating fish.
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